10 Best Sport Clay Pigeon Shooting Experiences in the UK

Sport shooting, or clay pigeon shooting, has increased in popularity over the last few years as more shooting hobbyists want to increase their stamina, range, and experience in time for game season. This year we have seen an increase in interest in this topic as we watched our very own Team GB’s Matt Coward-Holley win a bronze medal in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

We took a closer look at this increase in sport shooting and found that searches for clay pigeon shooting experiences have increased by an incredible 335% during the Olympics! What’s more, with restrictions and tourism still not back to normal we’re seeing an increase in staycations, and with that - many are looking to search for ways to enjoy the UK countryside by taking part in sports such as clay pigeon shooting.


Will Staycations Impact Shooting Season? 

We’ve recently posted about wonderful hotels to visit with your four-legged hunting partners, it inspired us to look into shooting grounds and best places to learn more about clay pigeon shooting. Why not make your staycation count more by learning a sport so dear to many of us around the country?

Forecasts for 2021 revealed that domestic tourist spending is predicted to rise to £13.5 bn with domestic spending on day trips expected to hit £38.6bn in 2021.

However, with more and more people opting to stay home and holiday in the UK, Visit Britain projects a recovery to £61.7bn in domestic tourism spending by the end of the year. 

To help boost the industry and help support economic recovery, The UK Government introduced the Tourism Recovery Plan, which aims to return domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and international tourism by 2023. And the perfect time to do this is now as the Olympics have inspired many to try new things.


Top 10 Clay Pigeon Shooting Grounds to Visit This Season

Using Google Reviews and TripAdvisor data we have put together a list of top 10 clay pigeon shooting this Autumn and Winter season. Ranging from Scotland or North Ireland to the North and South of England, we’ve found the best schools, grounds, and national treasures to visit and learn about this beautiful sport.

Grab your very own tweed jacket and begin this journey with us, as we talk you through the areas, prices, and facilities of each shooting experience.


1. Loch Lomond Shooting School, Scotland

The top contender for the best clay pigeon shooting experience in the UK is the Lock Lomond Shooting School in Scotland. Located on a beautiful island in Lock Lomond - Inchcailloch, which means island of the old or cowled woman, the area is surrounded by rich history and folklore.

Loch Lomond Shooting School is set in a scenic woodland overlooking, as you’ve guessed it, Loch Lomond which is one of the most popular destinations in Scotland. Featured in the song ‘The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond’ and home to over 30 small islands surrounding it, there is plenty to see and do around the area. We recommend walks to see waterfalls and wildlife as well as cycling, camping, angling, golfing, and many more activities that the school has to offer.


Pricing and Experiences at Loch Lomond Shooting School

Here is what you can expect when coming to Loch Lomond:

  • Clay shooting £65 per person for 50 clays. This includes the use of gun, ear defenders and expert tuition.
  • Archery from £30 per person
  • Air Rifles from £30 per person 

Facilities: You will find modern electronic traps which give a variety of targets to simulate everything from high pheasants to bolting rabbits, all in a scenic woodland setting overlooking Loch Lomond.

 

2. Eagle Brae Estate, Scotland

Leading the way in sustainable tourism, spend your vacation in red cedar log cabins at the Eagle Brae Estate. Marketed as carbon-neutral holidays, committed to sustainable eco-tourism, entirely self-sufficient for all utility and energy needs there are plenty of experiences to undertake from tree planting to, of course, clay pigeon shooting. 

There is a micro-hydro scheme that provides electricity and hot water to all cabins, whilst biomass wood-pellet burners provide underfloor heating throughout. All water is sourced from a natural, sustainable underground supply, treated on-site and gravity fed to all cabins. It really, truly is a green holiday stay.

 

Pricing and Experiences at Eagle Brae Estate

To start off, you can partake in a tree planting scheme that focuses on conservation and positive impact on the planet:

  • Arrange for Eagle Brae to plant a tree for you in existing exclosure: £32
  • Help Eagle Brae team plant a tree in existing exclosure: £24
  • Arrange for Eagle Brae to plant a tree with its own protective fencing: £71
  • Help Eagle Brae team plant a tree with its own protective fencing: £55

Clay pigeon shooting takes place around the grounds and is only half an hour away from Loch Ness. Pricing is the same for all and includes all the things you’d need to stay practising away:

  • £80 per person, including guide and use of shotgun, clays, ear defenders, and up to 50 cartridges

 



3.  North Devon Shooting Ground, England

North Devon Shooting Ground is run by husband and wife team Clive and Jackie Warren and assisted by Gavin Davies in the South West of England. 

Located on the road to Woolacombe Beach, which is one of the finest beaches in the West Country, it is easy to see why this shooting ground has won numerous awards. It’s a big favourite with families and surfers, attracting thousands of people each summer to the beach and Woolacombe village. There are also lots of beaches nearby as part of an Area of Natural Beauty (North Devon AONB). 


Pricing and Experiences at North Devon Shooting Ground

If you’ve had experience with clay shooting you can simply pay for the “birds”, they’re not pricey and offer a lot of fun:

  • 100 Birds: £33
  • 80 Birds: £28
  • 50 Birds: £17
  • Gun Hire (Shotgun certificate holders only): £5

For those that need a refresher or want to learn more about the ins and outs of shooting, we recommend lessons with instructors:

  • £80 for a 1-hour lesson, which includes up to 100 clays (Cartridges extra)
  • £90 for a 1-hour lesson for 2, which includes up to 100 clays (Cartridges extra)

If you are a beginner, new starter or never shot before, North Devon Shooting Ground highly recommends the 'Have a Go' clay shooting package which starts at £30 each and includes gun hire:

  • Have A Go - Clay Shooting (includes full instruction with gun hire) x25 Clays and Cartridges £30
  • Have A Go - Clay Shooting (includes full instruction with gun hire) x50 Clays and Cartridges £55

4. Crombie Clay Shooting, Scotland

Set amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Highlands, Crombie Clay Shooting is a must-visit site in Scotland. You can take up clay shooting in different parts of the area allowing you to experience unique sceneries, whether it’s Brackletter, near Fort William (the town is often described as the Outdoor Capital of the UK), Ardtornish Estate, or Ardnamurchan Estate.

This wonderful, privately owned school offers something for everyone from clay pigeon shooting, air rifles, archery, crossbows, tomahawk throwing, all the way to sling shots. If you’re up for sightseeing, you are 10 miles away from Ben Nevis, 13 miles from Steall Falls, and close to Old Inverlochy Castle and Northern Lights viewing spot!

Unfortunately, the website does not give away the pricing, however, TripAdvisor and other websites state that it is a reasonable range for the services you get. To find out more, contact the team at Crombie.



5. North Ayrshire Shooting Ground, Scotland

Located near some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, the North Ayrshire Shooting Ground is a fantastic all year and all weather attraction. This professional school is home to national and international competitions as well as Olympic Skeet and Olympic Trap training. 

The grounds are located near tourist attractions and are a perfect visit if you’re looking to pick up clay shooting more seriously. If you live in the area there are fantastic clubs you can join like the Air Rifle Club, Ayrshire Gun Club, and the Scottish Country Sports Club.


Pricing and Experiences North Ayrshire Shooting Ground 

This shooting school caters to the more professional enthusiasts and may not be suitable for someone who is just starting out. Due to the high standards at North Ayrshire, the pricing is a lot higher but it is very much worth it. 

Below are some of the pricing options for 12 gauge clay cartridges:

  • Competition cartridge prices start from £180 / 1000 for Pegoraro Speed 21g 7.5 also available in felt wad @ £190 / 1000
  • Pegoraro - 28g 7,5,8 or 9 £200
  • Pegoraro - 24g 7.5, 8 or 9 £193
  • Pegoraro Felt Wad 28g 7.5, 8 or 9 £215


6. Highland Shooting Centre, Scotland

The Highland Shooting Centre is a family owned business which focuses on lessons and group events, making clay shooting and deer stalking more accessible to those who are just starting out. Found right in the centre of the Scottish highlands you can enjoy shooting as well as walks all over Lairg, the nearby Loch Shin, or the local castles.

If you want a real taste of nature, nearby Falls of Shin are famous for being one of the best places in Scotland to view salmon in their natural habitat. You can watch salmon leap at these waterfalls and take in the breathtaking surroundings. 


Pricing and Experiences at Highland Shooting Centre

This shooting centre offers a wide range of packages ranging from beginner to more advanced hunting hobbyists. Whilst the prices are a little higher than some of the other schools, it’s not the most expensive on the list.

  • Clay target lesson 1 hour - £70
  • Advanced clay target session 1 hour - £100
  • Simulated Game - £90
  • Indoor Last Shooting - £50
  • Underground 100m rifle range 1 hour - £70
  • Long range steel target shooting 1.5 hour £110

 

7. Edradynate Estate, Scotland

Staying on the Edradynate Estate is a treat in itself as you can choose a large and luxurious country house to rent. The country home is in a gorgeous area, standing 200 feet above the River Tay, it enjoys glorious views across Strathtay, one of Perthshire’s most beautiful glens.

With 4000 acres, including two lochs, at your disposal there is plenty outside to keep everybody occupied, including salmon and trout fishing, pheasant shooting and clay shooting.


Pricing and Experiences at Edradynate Estate

This estate groups its offers and experiences into different packages which makes it handy for you to plan not just your clay shooting but also the entire stay. Take a look at some of the packages available:


Full Day

  • £200 per gun (without cartridges), £250 ( Including 250 Cartridges)
  • Bacon roll and coffee on arrival
  • 3 morning drives including “elevenses”
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon drive
  • Tea/coffee and light refreshments prior to departure
  • Prices based on teams of 8 guns

Half Day

  • £100 per gun (without cartridges), £125 ( Including 100 Cartridges)
  • Light refreshments, tea/coffee on arrival
  • 3 drives
  • Followed by BBQ or sandwiches
  • Prices based on teams of 8 guns

Tuition

  • £40 per hour ‘Have a Go’
  • £60 with tuition and cartridges
  • Light refreshment on arrival
  • Followed by an hour (or more to suit)
  • tuition on various targets with Ian

8. Shanaghey Shooting Grounds, Northern Ireland

Located in Carrickaholten Forest, one of the hidden forests of West Tyrone, high up in the hills near Kileter the Shanaghey Shooting Grounds are surrounded by beautiful scenery. The hidden forests mean that you can take a walk in those and never meet anyone else, it’s the perfect sport for practice and pondering.

Close to St Patrick’s Well, there is something to satisfy the tourist in all of us. According to tradition St. Patrick stopped here to rest himself and quench his thirst on returning from a period of Lenten Sacrifice on a nearby island on Lough Derg. Many within the local community celebrate this event each year on St. Patrick's Day while local legend also has it that the water from St. Patrick's well can help ease the pain of toothache.

Whilst there is no pricing or a website we can share, Shanaghey Shooting Grounds are a local, hidden gem that you can find on social media or locals talking about. For more information be sure to give them a ring on 07816171231.

 

9. Carnview Farms, Northern Ireland

If you’re looking for a premium experience, Carnview Farms in Ballymena are a must visit. Ballymena is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Northern Ireland. It perches on the coastal route that leads up to the Giant’s Causeway and inland there are forests, rivers and unspoilt countryside surrounding the town.

Facilities set to an Olympic standard and only a 30 minute drive from Belfast, it’s an easy to get to destination and well worth the trip for families or corporate events.

Pricing and Experiences at Carnview Farms

Clay shooting packages are set on a per person standard based on your group and the pricing is on the lower end of the spectrum of our list - making this a very affordable choice:

  • The cost for a group of 1-4 people is £55 per person
  • 5-7 people is £50 per person
  • 8 or more people the price is £45 per person

The above prices are all inclusive i.e. clays, cartridges, gun and safety equipment hire, tuition, insurance and is for approx. (25-30 shots each)

clay shooting catridges


10. Cloudside Shooting Ground, England

Home to all things country, Cheshire is where we find Cloudside Shooting Grounds. Near the edge of Peak District in beautiful Congleton, this area is home the best shooting experiences in the North West. All layouts at this ground are set to championship standard with instructors onsite to help new fans of this sport, as young as 12 years old.

 

Pricing and Experiences at Cloudside Shooting Ground

The pricing is set up in packages, starting with a novice package which is best suited for those new to slay shooting sports. The we climb to more elaborate packages which, of course, include things like some of our favourite Cheshire foods. Take a look at what you can choose from:

Clay Pigeon shooting starter experience - £39

  • Practice 25 Shots & Clays with a Friendly & Qualified Professional Instruction
  • Then relax with a Sausage or bacon sandwich and a Tea or Coffee

Clay Bigeon Shooting Silver Experience - £69

  • Practice 25 Shots & Clays with a Friendly & Qualified Professional Instruction
  • Take a break with a tea or coffee
  • Then 25 Competition Clays with a Qualified Professional Instruction
  • Then relax with a Sausage or bacon sandwich and a Tea or Coffee

Clay Pigeon Shooting Gold Experience - £79

  • start with a breakfast sandwich and Tea or Coffee
  • Practice 25 Shots & Clays with a Friendly & Qualified Professional Instruction
  • Take a break with a tea or coffee
  • Then 25 Competition Clays with a Qualified Professional Instruction
  • Then relax with a Main Meal with Hand Cut Chips and Veg

Picking Your Favourite Clay Shooting Ground

Our list highlighted only 10 of shooting grounds in the UK and beyond, but there are plenty to choose from as the love for this sport grows. For a quick breakdown of the best clay shooting estates, take a look at our table below:


Rank

Grounds

Region

Location

1

Loch Lomond Shooting School

Scotland

Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

2

Eagle Brae Estate

Scotland

Struy, Inverness-shire, Scotland

3

North Devon Shooting Ground

South West

North Devon, England

4

Crombie Clay Shooting

Scotland

Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland

5

North Ayrshire Shooting Ground

Scotland

Dalry, North Ayrshire, Scotland

6

Highland Shooting Centre

Scotland

Lairg, Sutherland, Scotland

7

Edradynate Estate

Scotland

Edradynate by Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland

8

Shanaghey Shooting Grounds

Northern Ireland

Killeter, Castlederg, Northern Ireland

9

Carnview Farms

Northern Ireland

Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

10

Cloudside Shooting Ground

North West

Congleton, Cheshire, England

Results were determined by compiling Google Reviews and Tripadvisor data to determine an overall score out of 10. Data used is correct as of 23/08/21 - full list of results and  can be found here. 

Now that you know where all the reviews and internet favourites lie, which would you choose? Be sure to let us know and don’t forget to stock up on some of our shooting and countryside clothing favourites to get ready for your own shooting trip.


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